SOURCE: Nichols Kaster, PLLP

Nichols Kaster, PLLP

March 16, 2011 14:09 ET

Ryla Teleservices, Inc. Employees Represented by Nichols Kaster, PLLP File Action in Alabama to Recover Unpaid Overtime Wages

MOBILE, AL--(Marketwire - March 16, 2011) - On March 15, 2011, Ryla Teleservices, Inc. ("Ryla") call center employees Chasity Robinson and Makelia Wingard (collectively "Plaintiffs") filed a lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Alabama, on behalf of themselves and others similarly situated, to recover unpaid overtime wages under the Fair Labor Standards Act. The Plaintiffs are or were employed as customer services representatives in Ryla's Saraland, Alabama call center. They claim in their complaint that Ryla required them to perform uncompensated work before and after their shifts. That work included booting-up computers, initializing software programs, setting up "call backs," and reviewing work related emails. The Plaintiffs claim that Ryla used a time-tracking system that did not compensate them for this pre and post shift work. This case is entitled Robinson et al. v. Ryla Teleservices, Inc., Civ. No. 1:11-CV-00131 (S.D. Ala.).

This complaint follows a another similar lawsuit filed by two other Ryla employees in the Northern District of Georgia, which complains of overtime violations in Ryla's Kennesaw, Georgia call center. More than one hundred-fifty other individuals have already filed consents to join that case. That case is entitled Slaughter-Cabbell et al. v. Ryla Teleservices, Inc., Civ. No. 1:11-CV-00202 (WSD) (N.D. GA). 

Plaintiffs in both the Alabama and Georgia cases are represented by Nichols Kaster, PLLP, which has offices in Minneapolis and San Francisco. 

Plaintiffs' attorney David Schlesinger stated, "Employees are entitled to be compensated for all of their time worked. Employers cannot pick and choose the activities for which they will pay. If an employer requires employees to perform work other than just talking to customers on the phone, that time must be compensated."

Additional information about the case can be found at or may be obtained by calling Nichols Kaster, PLLP toll free at (877) 448-0492.

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    David E. Schlesinger
    Nichols Kaster, PLLP
    (612) 256-3277